Amidst the myrtles (Jonathan Battishill)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-03-23). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 53 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From the edition on IMSLP. Appoggiature written out in full.MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
First published: The British Minstrel, and Musical and Literary Miscellany, Vol.2
Glasgow: William Hamilton, n.d.
Description: Inspired by Henry Lawes' original setting of Herrick's poem.
Original text and translations
1 Amidst the myrtles as I walk,
Love and myself thus enter talk,
Tell me, said I, in deep distress,
Where I may find my shepherdess.
2 I've searched the groves and fragrant bowers,
Where oft I've culled her sweetest flowers,
I've search'd each mead and verdant plain
To find my love, but all in vain.
3 Why did my Silvia from me rove,
Why did she quit her shepherd's love;
Return my Silvia to her swain.
And ease her anxious lover's pain.